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Kevon Looney opens up about his NBA journey, 'that was the low point'

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Kevon Looney opens up about his NBA journey, 'that was the low point'

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders tonight at 6 p.m. PT streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Kevon Looney has started 13 of the last 14 games for the two-time defending NBA champions. He is averaging career highs in points (6.5), rebounds (5.4), assists (1.8) and field goal percentage (63.3).

All of that seemed impossible about 14 months ago, when Looney was barely in the rotation. In late October 2018, the Warriors declined his $2.23 million option for the 2018-19 season. Back in late March, Looney told Tim Kawakami and Marcus Thompson on the Warriors Plus/Minus Podcast that management's decision was "kind of a let down." 

He was a little more demonstrative when reminiscing recently.

"They’re not picking up my option and I’m not playing. How am I going to stay in the NBA?" Looney discussed with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. "If I can’t get an opportunity to play, like how does it work?

“That was the low point. I was hot, but I was trying to play it off.”

He channeled the frustration and ended up having a very productive season. Many thought Looney would be too expensive for the Warriors to retain in free agency, yet somehow he didn't receive a single offer. 

[REWINDSteve Kerr was nervous Warriors could lose 'enormously valuable' Kevon Looney]

If Looney continues to play like he is now for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs, it's going to take more than the minimum to bring him back for the 2019-20 campaign.

But that conversation is for another time.

Other takeaways from The Athletic's feature on Looney:
-Looney's mother is one of 15 children
-When Looney's mother "wound up pregnant a third time at age 29, doctors told her she shouldn’t have the baby. She thought about it for a week. She prayed. "God told me I would be all right,” she said. “And the doctor told me, ‘I pray that your God is right.’ Kevon was the baby the doctor told me not to have.”

Great stuff.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 5 online

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 5 online

The Warriors have put the Clippers on the brink. On Wednesday night in Game 5 of their best-of-seven first-round series of the NBA playoffs, they have a chance to bring Los Angeles' season to an end.

Golden State has rebounded since coughing up a big lead in their Game 2 loss to win each of the last two games, including a 113-105 victory in Game 4 on Sunday. With a win Wednesday, the Warriors would advance to the second round, where they would await the victor of the first-round series between the Rockets and Jazz (Houston currently leads three-games-to-one).

Kevin Durant (28.8) and Steph Curry (25.0) have combined to averaged 53.8 points per game so far in the series, the second-highest scoring average for any duo in the playoffs behind Portland's Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (57.4 ppg).

[RELATED: Why you should expect huge Game 5 for Steph, Warriors]

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Clippers Game 5, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame coverage live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

When: 7:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 24 (pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.

Warriors vs. Clippers Watch Guide: Game 5 lineups, injuries and usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers Watch Guide: Game 5 lineups, injuries and usage

OAKLAND - Last week, the Warriors left Oracle on the short end of the worst playoff collapse in NBA history. Now, the champs will look to close out the first-round series against the Clippers in Game 5 Wednesday night.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 o'clock with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame Live at 6:30 and a scheduled 7:30 pm tip-off. 

[RELATED: How to watch Warriors-Clippers Game 5]

In parts of the series, the Warriors have shown stretches of complacency, squandering a 31-point lead in Game 2. With a second-round matchup with the Rockets on the horizon, Golden State will be wise to wrap up their current series as soon as possible. 

Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant 
F Draymond Green
C Andrew Bogut
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Clippers
F Danilo Gallinari
C Ivica Zubac
G Patrick Beverley
G Landry Shamet
G Shai Gilgeous-Alexader

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins (Left Quadriceps Tear) and Damian Jones (Left Pectoral Surgery) are out.

Clippers: None

ROTATION OUTLOOK 

Warriors

After shooting just 3-of-14 from the field Sunday afternoon, Curry will look to find his shot in a closeout game. 

The sharpshooter will also look to overcome his propensity to reach during the series. Over his last four games, Curry has accumulated 17 fouls, prompting him to etch the message "no" and "reach" on his shoes prior to Game 4. 

After reminding the media who he is, Durant is averaging 35.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds over his last two games. 

Clippers

Gilgeous-Alexander scored a playoff career-high 25 points in Game 4 and has Golden State's attention. 

Meanwhile, the Warriors help neutralize Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams in Game 4 and will need a repeat of that defensive performance in Game 5. 

Last week, it looked as if the Clippers may have found the anecdote for the Warriors' All-Star cast of characters after LA took Game 3. However, after two dominant performances in Los Angeles, Golden State looks primed to close out the series Wednesday night.  

Officials: Marc Davis (#8), John Goble (#30), Pat Fraher (#26) Alternate: Gediminas Petraitris (#50)